The City of Victoria is working to implement infrastructure to support the adoptions of EVs. A key challenge are ‘garage orphans’, residents that live with multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) without dedicated parking stalls per residence. Strata-governed residences also face various challenges in provisioning EV charging infrastructure. In order to support residents’ EV adoption, this project will help the City to develop planning methods and specific locations to incrementally install DC-fast chargers (DCFC).
Atmospheric corrosion, commonly known as weathering is among the leading causes of infrastructure degradation. The extent of atmospheric corrosion becomes more concerning when it triggers localized and non-linear metal loss rates. One such scenario is the localized corrosion at the flanged connections in piping, pipeline, and equipment for hydrocarbon industry and even utility sectors. As reported by transportation board Canada, flanges degradation is among the leading causes of leaks/ spills from pipeline.
Rappelon is robotic platform that works at heights on vertical surfaces. The robot can pass obstacles and working on facades with complicated geometries. With this robot, some dangerous and laborious tasks can be automated. They include highrise window cleaning, water tank painting and wind turbine blades maintenance. This project focuses on developing algorithms to keep the robot stable and make it move in different directions.To this end, analytic models as well as computer software will be developed to predict the position of each component, forces and loads on the building.
As the heat fluxes produced by modern high-performance microprocessors continue to rise, so too must the effectiveness of the removal of these fluxes. Accordingly, a large amount of research has focused on developing techniques to enhance cooling in computer systems. A novel method of doing so involves replacing the single-phase liquid or two phase-liquid vapor coolants typically employed in such systems with binary fluid mixtures.
Bio-materials can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a rapid transition to a bio-basedleconomy. Thus, developing novel and innovative technologies and products related to bio-materials sectors is crucial. This has!resulted in extensive research into the development of biomaterials. Most research efforts have focused on materials selection,\'fabrication, and optimization of bio-materials\' performance through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.
Reinforcement learning has caught significant attention in the past decade with landmark successes including deep Q-net applied to video games and AlphaGo for the game of go. However, the gap is still wide when it comes to application to real world problems mainly due to high training cost. We propose to develop a digital model of a physical system for the purpose of training an autonomous agent. This way, reinforcement algorithms can be trained on the digital model at a fraction of cost. This project will focus on a specific system: MyCobot 280 Pi from elephantRobotics.
This proposal involves using 3-D printing technology to form a ceramic sensor. The sensor can be used by navies to detect submarines. The ceramic sensors are either an underwater sound projector, an underwater microphone, or both. The 3-D printing technology should allow larger, more sophisticated sensors to be manufactured. The technology should simplify the build process by reducing the number of steps required to build the ceramic sensor.
Shawcor aims to be a leader in the development of sustainable pipelines for the clean transport of fluids at expanded temperature and pressure ratings. There is a significant interest in need to expand the specification of their reinforced thermoplastic pipes (RTP) to higher service temperatures and pressures of 100 °C and 1500 psi. Previous research activities between Shawcor and the University of Toronto have concluded that current legacy products utilizing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liners are not sufficient to achieve these extended service ratings.
Amputations of the upper limb are devastating injuries which can significantly affect the capability of performingdaily living, working and social activities. The current challenges of prosthetic solutions exist due to the lack ofmodular design, comfort, immediate response to user intention, interfaces and tactile feedback. The long-termobjective of Awenza Health is aiming at building the next generation of prosthetics to improve the lives of hundredsof thousands of amputees who suffer from discomfort and desensitization from their existing prosthetics.